Minters nabs local HR practice

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Allion Legal partners Kathy Reid and Craig Boyle and a team of six lawyers will move to Minter Ellison before the end of the financial year, heading up the firm’s newly established HR&IR practice.

The move is part of a strategy to expand the firm’s human resources and industrial relations practices.

“With Kathy and Craig and their team joining us, we will now be able to offer that to clients in Western Australia too,” said head of Minter’s national HR&IR practice Jim Fox, adding that it’s a service offered in other states.

The move will bump Minter’s WA office up to the 11th largest firm in the state, ahead of Squire Patton Boggs and Jarman McKenna, according to a report by Business News.

“[The] appointment continues our already strong growth in Western Australia where we are seeing double digit year-on-year growth across our Perth practice,” said WA managing partner Adam Handley.

Reid, who advises across a range of employment law issues and industry sectors, said being part of a national team would provide clients with valuable resourcing.

“Our clients increasingly have complex work they need done, often quite urgently and involving other locations in Australia and Asia, not just Western Australia,” she said.

“By the same token, we have  number of significant WA-based clients who want genuine depth of knowledge of the local market and the resources to deal with their employment and safety challenges here.

“The opportunity to join the Minter Ellison team enables us to meet both of these needs and continue the prompt and pragmatic service for which we are known."